Just off trail in Brown Creek, Thurston County. Clear day in Douglas Fir forest.
The stem seems almost woody. With the leaves growing oppositely up the stalk. The leaves grow dentate with sharp point, have a waxy feeling but are dim in appearance. The berries are little blue/purple fleshy and spherical.
Has 9-19 lanceolate leaflets, has a glossy look to the leaves but less than that of tall oregon grape. Has spiny toothed edges on the leaves, and it shorter than the tall oregon grape. If you flip the leaf over and feel the vein of the dull oregon grape, it's not as apparent as the tall oregon grape's vien. When the flowers bloom they are yellow in color and grow in the center of the whole plant in clusters.
Mahonia nervosa, commonly known as dwarf Oregon-grape, Cascade Oregon-grape, or dull Oregon-grape, is a flowering plant native to the northwest coast of North America from southern British Columbia south to central California, with an isolated population inland in northern Idaho. It is especially common in second growth, Douglas-fir or western redcedar forests, making use of those pools of sunlight that intermittently reach the ground. Some authors place the genus Mahonia within the genus Berberis.